Pune | Veteran film archivist and film scholar PK Nair, who was the founder and director of the National Film Archive of India, died in a private hospital in Pune this morning.
His funeral will take place in Pune tomorrow after public view at Pune Film Institute from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Born in Thiruvananthapuram in 1933, Paramesh Krishnan Nair graduated in science from the University of Kerala in 1953. Soon after, he went to Bombay to pursue a career in filmmaking.
Nair was instrumental in acquiring for the archive several landmark Indian films like Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra and Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies films such as Jeevan Naiya, Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet, S. S. Vasan’s Chandralekha and Uday Shankar’s Kalpana.
He is the man responsible for founding and managing the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in 1964.
He is regarded as the Henri Langlois of India because of his lifelong dedication towards the preservation of films in the country. A passionate film archivist, he worked at the NFAI for over three decades, collecting films from India and from all over the world.
In 2012, an award-winning documentary titled ‘Celluloid Man’ was made on his life and works, by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.